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Aurora

STS-51-B

STS-51-B
Aurora over the Southern Hemisphere
Credit: NASA

American earth magnetosphere satellite. Investigated aurora borealis. Research satellite built by Rice University for Rice University for USAF STP (Space Test Program), USA. Launched 1967.

Status: Operational 1967. First Launch: 1967-06-29. Last Launch: 1967-06-29. Number: 1 . Gross mass: 21 kg (46 lb).


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Family: Earth, Magnetosphere sat, Medium earth orbit. Country: USA. Launch Vehicles: Thor, Delta, Thor Burner 2, Thor Burner. Launch Sites: Vandenberg, Vandenberg SLC10W. Agency: USN, US Army. Bibliography: 2, 279, 3602, 6, 6373, 12142.
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Aurora 1Aurora 1
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Aurora 2Aurora 2
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1967 June 29 - . 21:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC10W. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Thor Burner 2.
  • Aurora 1 - . Payload: Aurora (P 67-1). Mass: 21 kg (46 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Class: Earth. Type: Magnetosphere satellite. Spacecraft: Aurora. USAF Sat Cat: 2876 . COSPAR: 1967-065B. Apogee: 3,937 km (2,446 mi). Perigee: 3,808 km (2,366 mi). Inclination: 90.2000 deg. Period: 172.10 min.

    Two scientific satellites, an Army Sequential Collation of Range (SECOR) and a Navy Aurora I, were launched from Vandenberg aboard a Thor/Burner II. This was the first flight in the Department of Defense's Space Experiments Support Program (SESP), a tri-service program that allowed qualified government-sponsored space experimenters to fly payloads on Air Force boosters. Space Systems Division managed the program and provided boosters, payload integration, and launch services. Defense's Space Experiments Support Program (SESP), a tri-service program that allowed qualified government-sponsored space experimenters to fly payloads on Air Force boosters. Space Systems Division managed the program and provided boosters, payload integration, and launch services. Investigated aurora borealis. Space craft engaged in investigation of spaceflight techniques and technology (US Cat A).



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